Heavy Petting: How many strange pets can one family have?

When our nest emptied, it emptied it not only of kids, but of pets too. We have nothing against pets. We’ve had both dogs and cats and loved them, but the GypsyNester lifestyle of no-plans and go-anywhere isn’t very conducive to taking an animal along. So, for now at least, we are finished with being pet parents.

But pets are often a part of parenting and I got to thinking about some of the colorful characters that were a part of my family through the years. When I was a little kid, our first pet configuration was a… CONTINUE READING >>

When our nest emptied, it emptied it not only of kids, but of pets too. We have nothing against pets. We’ve had both dogs and cats and loved them, but the GypsyNester lifestyle of no-plans and go-anywhere isn’t very conducive to taking an animal along. So, for now at least, we are finished with being pet parents.

But pets are often a part of parenting and I got to thinking about some of the colorful characters that were a part of my family through the years. When I was a little kid, our first pet configuration was a… CONTINUE READING >>

Ice Ice Baby – Glacier Gazing in the Last Frontier

Our trip through Alaska’s inside passage put us on ice… tons and tons and tons of it!
We got to get up close and personal with some of North America’s greatest glaciers without ever leaving the comfort of our luxurious ship… CONTINUE READING >> 

Our trip through Alaska’s inside passage put us on ice… tons and tons and tons of it!
We got to get up close and personal with some of North America’s greatest glaciers without ever leaving the comfort of our luxurious ship… CONTINUE READING >> 

Discovering the Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu

In honor of the summer solstice, we are re-posting this account of our visit to Machu Picchu on nearly the longest day a few years ago.

A harrowing bus ride, brushes with llamas, and inexplicable happenings – and even when visiting a wonder of the world, your GypsyNesters can sniff out some weird regional food!
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In honor of the summer solstice, we are re-posting this account of our visit to Machu Picchu on nearly the longest day a few years ago.

A harrowing bus ride, brushes with llamas, and inexplicable happenings – and even when visiting a wonder of the world, your GypsyNesters can sniff out some weird regional food!
 CONTINUE READING >> 

Save Some Bucks While Fulfilling Your Bucket List

When we started out on our empty nest exploits ten years ago, we made a point of being frugal on our adventures. As our journeys spread farther and wider, we learned a few tricks for keeping the costs down, one of the best was discovering…

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When we started out on our empty nest exploits ten years ago, we made a point of being frugal on our adventures. As our journeys spread farther and wider, we learned a few tricks for keeping the costs down, one of the best was discovering…

CONTINUE READING >> 

How to Do Mardi Gras Without Being Asked to Lift Your Shirt!

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>

Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE New Orleans. But the thought of wading into a Big Easy Mardi Gras is something better left to young whippersnappers.

We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!

Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!

La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.

Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>